Atypical actor Brigette Lundy-Paine came out as non-binary on Instagram, announcing they prefer they/them pronouns.
Lundy-Paine posted a picture of their cat in the announcement post on Friday (November 8) with the caption, “I’m non-binary, always felt a lil bit boy, lil bit girl, lil bit neither. Using they/them as of late [and] it feels right.”
Their post went on to explain both the fear and the necessity they experienced with coming out so publicly.
“[It’s] scary [as fuck] to come out [and] been really putting this off,” Lundy-Paine writes. “But I feel I owe it to myself and to all of us who struggle [with] gender.”
Lundy-Paine follows in the footsteps of British singer Sam Smith, who came out as non-binary back in March.
The 25-year-old actor plays Casey in Atypical, the younger sister of the show’s protagonist, an autistic teenager named Sam (played by Keir Gilchrist). Lundy-Paine has been out as queer for the past year, coming out in a 2018 interview with The Advocate. In the interview, they talked about how they related to Casey.
“I think that it’s been magnificent to have a high schooler in my life again, that is me,” Lundy-Paine said of their character. “And in a way, [Casey] knows herself better than I knew myself and is so much more sure of what’s right and wrong than I ever was. I’ve been able to use what I’ve learned as a young adult woman who has found her strength in Casey. And in turn, Casey has brought this youthful vigor and confidence back in my life.”
You can stream Atypical on Netflix now.